Thursday, 22 August 2019

MPOV: If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.36/5
Published: November 29th, 2018
Author: Zen Cho
Genre: Fantasy fiction, short story

A hapless imugi is determined to attain the form of a full-fledged dragon and gain entry to the gates of heaven. For a long time, things don't go well. Then, it meets a girl. The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog presents an original short story by Campbell Award-nominated author Zen Cho.

The above taken from Goodreads.

This imugi had me in one sitting, finished reading it within the hour! Or two max LOL! Well written no doubt with good plots be it historical or present. Definitely intriguing which kept me continuing non-stop! That ending, I liked it as it's with closure and didn't left me hanging LOL!

Irregardless she had won an award for this short story, it was truly a good read nevertheless. I've always enjoyed Zen Cho's short stories. However I did not really enjoyed Sorcerer to the Crown so hoping The True Queen would be a better one.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

MPOV: The Sittaford Mystery

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.7/5
First published: 1931
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Crime, mystery fiction

Agatha Christie is more than the most popular mystery writer of all time. In a career that spans over half a century, her name is synonymous with brilliant deception, ingenious puzzles, and the surprise denouement. By virtually inventing the modern mystery novel she has earned her title as the Queen of Crime. Curious? Then you're invited to read....THE SITTAFORD MYSTERY

M-U-R-D-E-R. It began as an innocent parlor game intended to while away the hours on a bitter winter night.

But the message that appeared before the amateur occultists at the snowbound Sittaford House was spelled out as loud and clear as a scream. Of course, the notion that they had foretold doom was pure bunk. Wasn't it? And the discovery of a corpse was pure coincidence. Wasn't it? If they're to discover the answer to this baffling murder, perhaps they should play again. But a journey into the spirit world could prove terribly dangerous-especially when the killer is lurking in this one.

The above taken from Goodreads.

It started off like any other drama, slowly introducing the casts and then proceeded with the mysterious death. It was cleverly shadowed but somehow somewhere towards the end the mystery sort of unravelled itself. I've suspected who the murderer was and my assumption was right at the end.

Nevertheless, it was an entertaining read, had us guessing who the murderer was and implying all was innocent. That small crack revealed it all actually. Anyway, I'm on a AC roll, reading another of hers currently LOL!

Thursday, 8 August 2019

My Birthday Month

This is a long overdue post, a compilation of gifts received in my birthday month! It's a yearly compilation and I know it's a little self-absorbing but I do want to remember it 20 years down the road! Memory is not as good as it was hence this definitely helps in the long run so here goes...........

I was gob-smacked when Ai Jou fulfilled my ISO and gifted this for my birthday! It was a "KLBAC International Book Giving Day 2019" event held in March and I had requested for this, thinking that no one would fulfil since it's a new and expensive book. Lo and behold, Ai Jou answered and fulfilled it!!! I was so humbled and thankful for her generosity plus she remembered my birthday! Thus it is very important to blog it down!!!

Next is a yummy lunch treat at Jamaica Blue Fine Coffees, GMBB Mall from sis Alvina and bf Vince.


Not forgetting a yummy Japanese dinner plus a lovely Red Kettle dessert from bro Ryan and wife Sixin.



A yummy Renaissance cake from my neighbour.

An unexpected gift from my Pokemon Go kaki, Alice.


Another unexpected gift from my colleague, Ben.

There were another 2 more from my BFF's Joyce and Adrianne which I've Instagram and deleted the photos hence not able to share it here!

Last but not least, a huge treat from hubby... a short getaway to Bangkok :-) Photos for this would be featured in my Bangkok related posts as it's a lot!

Thank you, everyone, from the bottom of my heart!!!

At 47, with irregular mood swings, I've been trying to psyche myself with lots of positivism... reminding myself to be humble, be grateful and be thankful for everything in my life... not forgetting to let go of the negativity surrounding me. Amen.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

How often you should clean everything in your house

I've recently come across this in Facebook, shared by a friend, taken from a Joseph Sperduti's post. I honestly wonder if this is true, if this is doable as I normally clean as and when without a schedule! Would you agree with this? I do find that it is a good guide though especially for OCD's and Kon-mari warrior's like us LOL!!!

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

MPOV: The Dog Who Dared To Dream

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 3.75/5
Author: Sun-mi Hwang
Translator: Chi-young Kim
First published: June 30th, 2005
Genre: fiction

This is the story of a dog named Scraggly. Born an outsider because of her distinctive appearance, she spends most of her days in the sun-filled yard of her owner's house. Scraggly has dreams and aspirations just like the rest of us. But each winter, dark clouds descend and Scraggly is faced with challenges that she must overcome. Through the clouds and even beyond the gates of her owner's yard lies the possibility of friendship, motherhood and happiness — they are for the taking if Scraggly can just hold on to them, bring them home and build the life she so desperately desires.

The Dog Who Dared to Dream is a wise tale of the relationship between dog and man, as well as a celebration of a life lived with courage.

The above taken from Goodreads.

I've read this author's other book, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, but I find that this book is more appealing, more engaging and more well written/ translated. Maybe I'm more of a dog person hence I was able to resonate more with the story. Also having mood swings currently do help in being more emphatic.

Upon reading Scraggly, I can totally dig in as I do feel the same as her. I'm neither here nor there, trying to find my identity, hoping for that big break to breakaway from the normal daily zombie. It sure does sound self-centred but I can't help it with my pre-menopausal state and I'm trying my best to let negative go to move forward.

Anyway, back to the book. The story unfolds beautifully, told in a fluid flow and that ending had me in tears! It's such a lovely ending albeit a little crude. Definitely a worthy read though a short one. This is a keeper for me! Reminding myself again... to be grateful, to be positive and keep moving forward!

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Looking for myself

Apologies if it seems like I've neglected this Sphere. I've been pretty busy, well, life and death got in the way with my melancholy mood swings...

This year, I've encountered many deaths (in my book) which affected me in some, if not all, way or another. A few friends had passed on due to ill-health. An acquaintance has passed away due to a disaster at home. Most recently, my maternal grandmother due to old age.

Each time a death occur, it somehow affects me mentally. It sure makes me feel older, more stress, more aware that life is truly short... not forgetting that I am blessed with a beautiful family so not to think negatively much. Honestly, negativity seems to rise easily whereas positive thoughts seemed to be far away.

My inner mind keeps straying to the dark side, so to speak. I hate it when I keep thinking of those thoughts. I'm blaming it on my pre-menopausal syndrome and mood swings. At times, it's hard not to think negatively and I would want to react and judge which is so wrong. There are more but I can't think straight now so better to stop here than continue..........

I have to always remind myself to:

Be grateful and be humble.
Do what feels RIGHT.
Let it go..............

Friday, 26 July 2019

CSM: Chill Bazaar @ Da-men Mall

Nyc Nat Nook will be at Chill Bazaar / HOPE Art Bazaar this weekend at Da-men Mall. This is a collaboration between Art Market Malaysia, Single Mother Association and Community Subang Jaya so there will be lots of activities during this 2 days event. Please drop by and holler your support if you are in the vicinity.

Aside from selling ladies accessories, mobile phone accessories and handmade gifts, there will also be Mini Crochet Workshops and DIY Mosaic Gift Kits. If you would like to book a seat, please send an email to nycnatnook@gmail.com.

Location: HOPE Art Bazaar @ Da-men Mall, Entrance Water Feature, Ground Floor
Date: 27th and 28th July 2019
Time: 10am to 10pm

You can find more details here:
https://www.facebook.com/NycNatNook/
https://www.facebook.com/SusanStitchStuff/

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

MPOV: Spider-Man: Far From Home

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 8.1/10
First released: June 28, 2019
Director: Jon Watts
Casts: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei and Samuel L. Jackson
Type: A 2019 superhero film based on a Marvel Comics character

In Ixtenco, Nick Fury and Maria Hill investigate an unnatural storm and later encounter the Earth Elemental. A super-powered man, Quentin Beck, arrives to fight the creature. Eight months later, in New York City, the Midtown School of Science and Technology restarts its academic year to accommodate the students who were among those resurrected in the Blip.[N 1] The school organizes a two-week summer field trip to Europe, where Peter Parker, still distraught over Tony Stark's death,[N 1] plans to confess his growing feelings for classmate MJ and avoid heroics. At a fundraiser for the homeless coordinated by his Aunt May, Parker is forewarned by Happy Hogan that he will be contacted by Nick Fury, but Parker chooses to ignore the call. Parker leaves after being overwhelmed by questions about Stark.

Parker and his friends travel to Venice, and are among those attacked by the Water Elemental, which proceeds to wreak havoc on the city. Beck arrives and destroys the creature, while Parker attempts to help. Fury meets with Parker and gives him Stark's glasses, which were meant for his successor. The glasses are equipped with the artificial intelligence E.D.I.T.H., which has access to all databases of Stark Industries and commands a large orbital weapons supply. Beck claims the Elementals killed his family and that he hails from a different reality, one among many in the Multiverse. Parker rejects Fury's call to arms, opting to rejoin his class, but Fury covertly redirects the school trip's itinerary to Prague, where the Fire Elemental is projected to strike. It appears at a carnival, but Beck, with Parker's help, destroys it. Fury and Hill invite Parker and Beck to Berlin to discuss the formation of a new superhero team. Parker considers Beck worthy of being Stark's successor and bequeaths him the E.D.I.T.H. glasses. Unbeknownst to him, Beck is revealed to be a former holographic-illusions specialist at Stark Industries who was fired for his unstable nature, now leading a team of disgruntled ex-Stark employees and using advanced projector drones to simulate the Elemental attacks.

MJ deduces Parker is Spider-Man. They discover that a piece of debris she retrieved during the carnival battle is a projector that presents a simulation of the Air Elemental, leading the two to realize Beck is a fraud. When preparing for another illusion, Beck discovers MJ took evidence of his deception. Parker travels to Berlin and meets with Fury, only to realize that the version before him is an illusion created by Beck. He battles multiple illusions before Nick Fury apparently subdues Beck. Fury forces Parker to reveal anyone who has knowledge of the deception before being revealed as another illusion; ultimately hit by a train, Parker survives, albeit badly injured, and falls unconscious in a train car. Awakening in a jail cell in the Netherlands, he breaks out and contacts Hogan. Hogan flies Parker to London and reveals a suit-manufacturing machine left behind by Stark, which Parker uses to synthesize a customized costume. In London, Beck orchestrates an Elemental Fusion, seeking to kill MJ and any others to whom she might have revealed his secret. Parker breaks through the illusion, regains control of E.D.I.T.H., and defeats Beck, who dies by a misfired drone gunshot. Parker returns to New York City and begins a relationship with MJ.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

This is by far the best Spider-Man movie of all time! Not only that, even the actors are much better than the previous ones! Tom Holland and Zendaya definitely have stepped up their game! It was so nice seeing them together, the whole awkward thingy to them being together with that boyish charm and all!

This movie definitely has been entertaining from the start to the end, except that the end had me clinging for more... can't wait for the next one with hints from the mid credit scene and another post credit scene. All kinds of anxieties with an enthralling story line made this movie more appealing. Highly recommended as it is worth every penny!

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